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May 20, 2007

Store Your Rotting Food!

What a wonderful idea:

Ministers want a slop bucket for food waste to be placed in every kitchen under their latest plan to generate green electricity.

Instead of throwing out scraps, households would be required to store them separately for at least a week until they are collected by recycling teams.

Quite wonderful, don't you think? Every house in the country will be turned into a student geek's bedsit with last week's pizza festering under the sink. For what?

Food accounts for about a fifth of domestic waste and releases greenhouse gases when dumped in landfill.

Now local authorities are set to be given the power to introduce schemes whereby methane generated by decomposing food will instead be trapped and used to generate electricity.

Why bother? Modern landfills already collect the methane from rotting food: it supplies 30% of our current renewable energy anyway. There's no need to sort it at all. Simply dump everything into landfill and collect the gas.

If that's what we're going to do anyway, let the food rot and use the methane, why are we bothering to sort it in the first place?

May 20, 2007 in Environmentalism | Permalink


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This has to be one of the most moronic ideas I've seen so far. When they introduced fortnightly household waste collection in my area we missed the first collection, overfilled the outside bin and had to keep food waste in the kitchen bin for a week. By the time of the next collection the bin was full of maggots and we spent the next month spraying insect killer at the hordes of flies that had colonised the kitchen.

And the government wants to extend this practice to every house in the UK? Lunatics.

Posted by: sortapundit | May 20, 2007 1:45:51 PM

We really are approaching the point where a large number of Labour MPs and their civil service enablers need their heads putting on pikes.

Posted by: David Gillies | May 21, 2007 9:55:25 PM

All recycling ever accomplished was to crash the price of the recycled commodities and reduce the overall productivity of everyone forces to handle the material.

Posted by: Joe Noory | May 22, 2007 8:28:57 PM